Francis DiPierro, MD

Francis DiPierro, MD
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Department Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis & Insufficiency
  • Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (cabg) Surgery
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis & Insufficiency
  • Regional Heart and Vascular
  • Surgery for Spontaneous Pneumothorax
  • Surgery for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Surgical Biopsy of Thoracic Lymph Nodes
  • Surgical Treatment of Lung Nodules
  • Surgical Treatment of Pleural Effusion & PLeural Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
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About Francis DiPierro, MD

Francis V. DiPierro, MD is a Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, and is the Division Head for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Marymount Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital. Dr. DiPierro is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in surgical treatment of lung cancer, minimally invasive video assisted surgery for lung disease and pleural effusion, surgery for lymphadenopathy in the chest, and heart surgery including coronary artery bypass and valvular heart surgery.

Dr. DiPierro obtained his thoracic and cardiovascular surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic, receiving the Cleveland Clinic's prestigious Dr. Charles H. Bryan Award for Clinical Excellence in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Upon completing his training, Dr. DiPierro joined the medical staff of Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, where he practiced cardiothoracic surgery for 12 years. While there, he served on the hospital Medical Executive Committee, performed clinical research, and participated in the multidisciplinary meetings of the thoracic oncology tumor board. He has returned to the Cleveland Clinic, joining the Cleveland Clinic Department of Thoracic and Cardiothoracic Surgery as staff surgeon in 2012.

Dr. DiPierro is a native Clevelander, and attended Gilmour Academy where he graduated as class valedictorian. He attended Yale University where he graduated magna cum laude with Honors in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Dr. DiPierro earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, receiving the Association of Academic Surgery Surgical Student Award. He served his residency in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and while there completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in cardiac mechanics and physiology.

Dr. DiPierro has published a number of scientific papers and abstracts in cardiothoracic surgery journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Critical Care Anesthesiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Thoracic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
General Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical School - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA


  • Surgery
  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Valvular Heart Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Atrial Fibrillation, Lung Nodules and Lung Cancer, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (VATS), Pleural and Pericardial Effusion, Thoracic Lymph Node Biopsy

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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